Exciting, and sometimes bizarre, Landsat factoids!
A Big Eye in the Mojave Desert
In 1980, artist Tom Van Sant created the world’s largest manmade image with the help of Landsat 3.
1972 MSS Image of Half Dome
In May of 1972, two months before the launch of Landsat 1, engineers from Hughes Aircraft Company took their engineering model of the Multispectal Scanning System (MSS) out to Yosemite National Park, set it up on Glacier Point, and took this […]
Landsat 8 Spots an Old Friend
Eight months ago, on June 5, 2013, the U.S. Geological Survey decommissioned the venerable Landsat 5 satellite. That day, the USGS Landsat Flight Operations Team transmitted the last command to Landsat 5, effectively terminating the mission and […]
Engineering the Future By Building on the Landsat Legacy
Apr 27, 2012 • Building a satellite is a major collaboration and involves the hard work of many different types of engineers. The engineering process for Landsat involves defining the satellite requirements, testing the design, building the […]
Landsat MSS Data Now Part of the Memory of the World Register
Oct 13, 2011 • What do the Landsat MSS data archive, the Gutenberg Bible, Tolstoy’s personal library, and the Book of Kells—an eighth century illuminated manuscript created by Celtic monks—have in common? They are all among the 245 […]